News – December 2020


  • Technology Catching Up with Bomb-Sniffing Dogs

    December 10, 2020

    With each terrorist attack on another airport, train station or other public space, the urgency to find new ways to detect bombs before they’re detonated ratchets up. Chemical detection of explosives is a cornerstone of aviation security. Typically called “trace detection,” this approach can find minuscule amounts of residue left behind after someone handles an explosive. ...

  • Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. target al-Shabaab explosives makers

    December 10, 2020

    In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command conducted two (2) airstrikes targeting al-Shabaab explosives experts in the vicinity of Jilib, Somalia, Dec. 10. “We will continue to apply pressure to the al-Shabaab network. They continue to undermine Somali security, and need to be contained and degraded,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, ...

  • Afghanistan: National Army Seizes IED Factory in Khogyani District

    December 10, 2020

    The Afghan National Army (ANA) seized an Improvised Explosive Devices IEDs) factory, said the Ministry of Defense in a statement Thursday, after exploring Khograyni district in a search operation. “#ANA discovered and seized an Taliban’s IEDs factory in Khoghyani district of Ningarhar province yesterday,” said the MoD in a tweet. According to officials, the Taliban insurgent possess ...

  • Philippines: 2 Saudi nationals with alleged links to ISIS nabbed in Cotabato City

    December 10, 2020

    Two Saudi nationals with suspected links to international terrorist group ISIS were arrested in Cotabato City on Wednesday, according to the police. An improvised explosive device was seized from the suspects, along with several components used in making IEDs. A search warrant issued by Judge Allan Edwin P. Boncavil Isulan, Sultan Kudarat Regional Trial Court Branch 19 ...

  • IS steps up Sinai fight with bombs in civilian homes

    December 9, 2020

    Residents of Egypt’s restive North Sinai region ran for their lives when an Islamic State group affiliate occupied their villages. Now, they are returning to find their homes booby-trapped. “I lost my sister-in-law and her nine-month-old baby when an explosive device planted in their home went off,” said a young resident of Aqtiya village, who asked ...

  • Explosion damages Polish store near Amsterdam, 3rd in 2 days

    December 9, 2020

    An explosion damaged a Polish supermarket in a Dutch town near Amsterdam early Wednesday morning, the third such blast in two days. Police said the explosion happened at a store in the town of Beverwijk, 30 kilometers (18 miles) northwest of Amsterdam. Nobody was injured, but the store was badly damaged in the explosion at 5:15 ...

  • Pakistan: ‘Two militants involved in sectarian killings’ held by CTD

    December 9, 2020

    Sindh’s Counter-Terrorism Department on Tuesday claimed to have arrested two militants affiliated with a banned sectarian outfit. The CTD said the arrested men were involved in high profile targeted killings of religious scholars and were members of the proscribed Sipah-e-Muhammad’s Agha Hassan Group. According to CTD officials, the arrests were made in a raid conducted near ...

  • Afghanistan: Taliban Attack Claims 3 Security Members in Ghazni

    December 9, 2020

    Officials reported on Wednesday, that three security members were killed during a clash with security forces in southern Ghazni province. A spokesman for the Ghazni governor, Wahidullah Jumazada told the media, that a clash broke out between Afghan security forces and the Taliban in Andar district last night at around 12 am. He said the Taliban planned ...

  • French government unveils new law tackling Islamist extremism

    December 9, 2020

    French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday secured his cabinet’s blessing for a draft law targeting “radical Islamism” following a spate of terror attacks, a move some critics fear will stigmatise the French Muslim community, Europe’s largest. The text was originally titled the “anti-separatism” bill, a term Macron has used to refer to radical Islamists withdrawing from ...

  • A quarter of the victims in Nagorno Karabakh over the years have been children – HALO Trust

    December 8, 2020

    After the ceasefire agreement in Nagorno Karabakh, the HALO Trust has started full-scale clearance of explosive ordnance left behind by the fighting. As the organization reported, the main risks are associated with displaced people who return home and find unexploded bombs and shells in their homes, gardens and fields. HALO’s focus is on clearing cluster munitions ...

  • UK ambassador to Libya says ready to help in demining efforts

    December 8, 2020

    The ambassador of the United Kingdom (UK) Nicholas Hopton said Britain was ready to assist Libya in clearing mines and DNA tests to identify the victims of the war on Tripoli, a statement by the Defense Ministry said. Hopton and Libyan Defense Minister Salah Al-Namroush met Sunday in Tripoli and agreed to boost joint cooperation between ...

  • Firing range clearance in Bamyan, Afghanistan well under way

    December 8, 2020

    The clearing of firing ranges used by Kiwi troops in Afghanistan is well ahead of schedule, according to the New Zealand Defence Force. The NZDF was ordered by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in November to urgently clear the ranges following the Stuff Circuit investigation, Life + Limb. The investigation exposed the deaths and injuries of 17 civilians ...

  • Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller participated in a capabilities display of recently-delivered U.S. sniper and counter-improvised explosive device (IED) equipment

    December 8, 2020

    Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller met with Philippines Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodore Locsin in Manila today.  Secretary Miller underscored the importance of the alliance and the value the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement brings to both countries.  The Secretaries also discussed opportunities for deepening bilateral defense ...

  • Cambodia welcomes seven new deminer puppies

    December 8, 2020

    The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) in late November welcomed a new generation of deminer dogs. The puppies were delivered on November 28, according to the director general of CMAC Heng Ratana, who shared the good news on social media on November 29. “At night on November 28, our deminer dog delivered a new generation of seven ...

  • BOOM! Watch and listen as wartime mine is blown up on Slapton Sands, Devon

    December 8, 2020

    An American wartime anti-tank mine found on a South Devon beach more than 75 years after it was used for D-Day rehearsal exercises has been blown up. The live and dangerous M1 mine was detonated in a spectacular explosion on the beach after being found by a Dartmouth Coastguard officer walking on Slapton Sands. Bomb disposal experts ...

  • Pakistan: Four blasts in Rawalpindi in a year, no suspects identified

    December 8, 2020

    The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of Punjab police has failed to identify suspects in any of the four terror attacks that occurred in the garrison city during the outgoing year. Three people lost their lives while more than 30 people sustained injuries in four explosions linked to terrorism in Rawalpindi this year. The first terror attack of 2020 ...

  • Afghanistan: Car Bomb in Kandahar Wounds 22 Civilians, 9 Police

    December 7, 2020

    A car bomb exploded near the Daman district police HQ and the governor’s compound in southern Kandahar, wounding over 30 people–and at least 22 civilians–and the police chief, local officials said. At least nine police including the chief Abdul Wadoud, two National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel, seven employees at the district governor’s compound and at ...

  • Jammu and Kashmir: IED recovered from bag in Kupwara, defused

    December 7, 2020

    The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) of Army on Sunday defused an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) after recovering it from a bag at Gulgam area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district earlier today. Defence sources told the news agency that Army’s BDS this late afternoon defused an IED recovered from a bag. The IED was defused under the ...

  • Manchester Arena bomber’s brother Hashem Abedi admits involvement

    December 7, 2020

    The brother of the Manchester Arena bomber has admitted his involvement in planning the attack for the first time. Hashem Abedi, 23, was jailed for murdering the 22 people who were killed in the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017. During his trial, Hashem denied helping his brother Salman, 22, plan the attack that ...

  • Afghanistan: ANP defused several IEDs in Kabul, Sar-e-Pul and Faryab provinces

    December 7, 2020

    The engineering teams of ANP following point-to-point search operations, managed to discover & defuse four IEDs in Kabul, Sar-e-Pul & Faryab provinces. The terrorists had planted the bombs to target the innocent civilians. https://twitter.com/moiafghanistan/status/1335850365242257408 On 6 December two Taliban terrorists killed during a special operation of the GCPSU in Pul-e-Alam City of Logar. GCPSU seized two AK-47 ...